I Hope the New Military Manual Will Get the Job Done

Let no one doubt that our ultimate objective is to establish a system that will swiftly try and convict those individuals who have committed terrorist attacks against the American people or our brave men and women in uniform.  But, as a former prosecuting attorney, I hope that the Administration got the rules and procedures for prosecuting these detainees right and has not run afoul of our Constitution.

The right rules will help ensure that commissions produce solid convictions that can withstand the scrutiny of the courts.  I have not yet seen evidence that the process by which these rules were built or their substance addresses all the questions left open by the legislation.  The House Armed Services Committee will fulfill its oversight responsibility to make sure this is the case.

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